Christmas with You
Book 4, Stewart Island - Due South, no. 4
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The Kiwi barbecue isn't the only thing sizzling this summer...
She’s a Holiday Grinch.
Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another Christmas alone. With her beloved father gone, she’s desperate to be part of a family—so she’s spending the holidays with her step-brothers on Stewart Island. But even with sand, sun, and not a snowflake in sight, everything reminds her of what she’s lost. So no tree trimming, cookie baking, or kisses under the mistletoe for her, thanks. Especially not from Due South’s sexy bartender, Kip.
He’s a too-hot-for-his-Santa-suit killjoy.
Kip Sullivan’s moved hundreds of miles away from his family who’d like to see him married off before his next birthday—on Christmas Eve. Then ten days before the big event, his meddling relatives arrive en masse, and dear God, they’re planning to stay. With match-makers breathing down his neck, it’s becoming harder to ignore the temptation to unwrap Carly like a present under the tree. Kip agrees to help make Carly’s first New Zealand Christmas special. He’s got five holiday missions to complete—one involving a frisky fake reindeer—before he hopes to claim a mistletoe kiss…and maybe even Carly’s heart.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without this spicy yet sweet Due South novella.
**This 40,000 word novella can be read as a stand-alone, but you’ll love it so much more if you’re read the earlier Due South novels.**
CHRISTMAS WITH YOU is the fourth story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet small town romances with a touch of humor, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.
Download your copy of CHRISTMAS WITH YOU and dive into these sensual romance novels!
Intended for mature 18+ aged readers who enjoy their feel good romance on the steamier side.
Praise for the Due South series!
"It’s official…I’m hooked on this series! I want to jump on a plane and fly to this island, because apparently they grow them big and HOT in New Zealand…men that is!!!" ~ Swept Away By Romance
"Perfection comes in many shapes and forms, and Ms Alvarez delivers in her contemporary voice and quirky character traits that make a distinctive difference between average and stellar storytelling." ~ InD’Tale Magazine
"Just as the must-read series of Donna Kauffman (The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove), Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor), Terri Osburn (Anchor Island), Marie Force (The McCarthys of Gansett Island), Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores) have entranced me with their seaside settings and caring communities - so has Tracey Alvarez - and I'm adding her series to my must-read shelf too."~ Fab Fantasy Fiction
Don’t miss any of the Due South books!
Book 1: In Too Deep. Featuring Piper and West. A smoking-hot reunion which may lead to a second chance for them both...
Book 2: Melting Into You. Featuring Kezia and Ben. Can this widowed single mom and the stubborn but sexy single dad ever make one big happy family?
Book 3: Ready To Burn. Featuring Shaye and Del. Two chefs, one workplace where things get seriously overheated—and a passionate enemies to lovers romance.
Book 4: Christmas With You. Featuring Carly and Kip. A New Zealand holiday romance where becoming friends with benefits can sometimes make the sexiest Christmas present of all...
Book 5: My Forever Valentine. Due South Short Stories.
Book 6: Playing For Fun. Featuring Holly and Ford. New Zealand’s octogenarian matchmaker is at work, with best friends Holly and Ford in the crosshairs.
Book 7: Drawing Me In. Featuring Bree and Harley. Coming May 2016
Book 7.5: Kissing The Bride. A Due South short story. Coming July 2016
Book 8: Saying I Do. Featuring MacKenna and Joe. Coming December 2016
Yummy some Due South and a sexy Santa
At first I thought ok a novella so we will just have a mild light story with superficial glimpses into the characters that doesn't give us enough. I was wrong on all counts but one... It wasn't enough as I wanted more.
As all Tracey Alvarez stories I've read to date this too hit the markers.
She writes with this comfortable conversational style it's familiar and one can easily envision the scenes and get caught into the story. Not many writers can achieve this as you sometimes have to work out what exactly is the author trying to say or achieve but Ms Alvarez gets the emotion so down pat that you flow into the story and that is what to me is a reding experience where the reader gets caught into the story.
Again this one "Christmas With You" has a lot of fun and humor that is balanced by some serious emotional issues or getting over loss of family at a family time of Christmas and moving on as you try to find a path to claim as your own.
Carly was introduced in the previous book as a young lady who is now alone save her step-family of Del, West and their Mom who now all live in New Zealand, so she makes the move to claim a space beside them as she heals from the recent loss of her Dad, who had been her sole pilot light for most of her life. To compound the emotional battle she undergoes she has a step-brother who is not so accepting of her, a crush on a co-worker Kip, which she is trying to ignore, and all this at Christmas.
Kip is the main attraction for the ladies at Due South Bar and also a co-worker of Carly, who has to circumvent around a nosy match making family who came down for the season as a surprise. His attraction to Carly is fanned to life and the dance begins.
We are carried along the family events and the emotional journey and the building of an explosive romance. You will not be disappointed as the writing style is so on par with the wants of a good book and while this one was a bit shorter than the others it is a must have to get some sweet Kip and Carly.
"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own."
Christmas wishes do come true
Kip Sullivan, local charmer and bartender at Due South, left home 2 years ago to get away from him family and their expectations. You might remember him from Melting Into You, Shaye won him at auction. Christmas season has come and his entire extended family has descended on Stewart Island to celebrate his birthday, Christmas, and ring in the New Year.
Carly Gatlin, stepsister to West and Del, has always wished for the warmth of family. She lost her mother at a young age, and when her father remarried, she gained a new mother and brothers. Her father has recently passed away and the remainder of her family on Stewart Island, she doesn’t want to be alone in LA.
Christmas has always been a special holiday for Carly and her father, which makes it difficult for her now that he’s gone. Having always wished to be part of a family, Carly is thrilled to be enveloped in the folds of the Sullivan family’s boisterous chaos. As a man, with five sisters, Kip can sense that Carly is feeling lonely. When he learns of why she now doesn’t celebrate Christmas he makes it a point to make sure she accomplishes all six of her Christmas Missions, with the help of his family of course. Christmas is a magical time of year and anything can happen.
Christmas With You is more of a novella. I still loved the story and Tracey continues to create well developed characters that stay with you long after the last page. I am seriously thinking of employing the Christmas Missions when I have kids of my own. I especially love the idea of the Christmas beans.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Another great book!!!! Love this town and can't wait to read more.